Associated Press Reveals Pre-Season Top Five

The Associated Press revealed its Top Five Pre-Season Poll this weekend and the Alabama Crimson Tide is ranked second in the voting by the nation’s sportswriters and broadcasters. Florida State is pre-season number one.

Alabama, winner of three of the last five national championships, picked up only one first place vote in the AP Top Five as the Crimson Tide was ranked second to 2013 national champion Florida State.

The rest of the AP Top Five is Oregon third, Oklahoma fourth, and Ohio State fifth.

FSU received 57 of the 60 first place votes with Bama, Oregon, and Oklahoma each receiving one. The Seminoles amassed 1,496 points to Alabama’s 1,361, Oregon’s 1,334, Oklahoma’s 1,324, and Ohio State’s 1,207.

Although the AP poll is not officially in the criteria that the new College Football Playoff selection committee will use to determine the four teams in the playoff for the national championship, the two likely will be quite similar.

If the final poll is the same as the pre-season poll – admittedly, not likely – the playoff would pit No. 1 FSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl and No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Oregon in the Rose Bowl. No. 5 Ohio State would be left out. The winners would advance to the national championship game in Arlington, Texas.

The USA Today/Coaches Poll had the same four top teams, though in a slightly different order: Florida State, Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon.

The AP also included the next 20 teams after the traditional Top Five.

This honorable mention list was headed up by Auburn and followed by 7. UCLA, 8. Michigan State, 9. South Carolina, 10. Baylor, 11. Stanford, 12. Georgia, 13. LSU, 14. Wisconsin, 15. USC, 16. Clemson, 17. Notre Dame, 18. Ole Miss, 19. Arizona State, 20. Kansas State, 21. Texas A&M, 22. Nebraska, 23. North Carolina, 24. Missouri, 25. Washington.

In addition to Top Five Alabama, the Southeastern Conference was represented by Auburn, South Carolina, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and Missouri. The eight teams making the poll matched the SEC’s record. The Pac-12 was second with six teams.

Below even the honorable mention group were “Others receiving votes.” The included Florida, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt.

Notre Dame was in the honorable mention group at 17th as the vote was taken before it had been revealed that the Fighting Irish may again have players absent after having been accused of academic violations. Just as quarterback Everett Golson came back to the Irish after sitting out a year for academic misbehavior, it was announced that four key Notre Dame players would miss this season.

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